Dual-frequency sweeping light source based on four-wave mixing in silicon-on-insulator nano-waveguide

Dun Qiao, Kang Li, Sivagunalan Sivanathan, Bethan Copner, Nigel Copner, Michael A. Campbell, Ben Hughes

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Abstract

Four-wave mixing (FWM) is a well-known technique to achieve all-optical control wavelength conversion. We propose a well-designed silicon nano-waveguide based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) to achieve FWM conversion. Particularly, the original signal light continuously sweeps along the C band, and the generated idler light is correspondingly sweeping as the original signal is swept. The wavelengths of the idler and signal lights are symmetric with respect to the pump light wavelength. Simulation and experimental results of the FWM conversion properties are well-matched. With the pump light filtered out, a dual-frequency continuously sweeping laser source is achieved, which could be applied in dual-frequency scanning interferometry to eliminate dynamic errors in practical use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for SPIE Photonex
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Applications in Silicon Photonics II
EditorsCallum G. Littlejohns, Marc Sorel
PublisherSPIE
VolumeDL 11880
Edition12334-17
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Dec 2022

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